Ethiopia Responding Well to El Niño-Induced Drought

The United Nations Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) says that Ethiopia is responding well to the El Niño-induced drought that hit the country hard and resulted in immediate food assistance for more than 10,000 people. The El Niño global climatic event wreaked havoc on the country’s 2015 harvest seasons by extending the dry season in the rain-dependent country, causing food insecurity, malnutrition and water shortages. According to the UNOCHA, a well-coordinated response is underway in the country, although the scale of the emergency puts a lot of pressure on the limited resources.

“Given the time necessary for the procurement of relief, the government and its international partners urge immediate and sustained support for this slow onset natural disaster,” the release stated.

The natural hotspot classification, updated in early July, indicated that the scale of the drought has decreased from 429 priority woredas to 420 woredas across the country. Though the report says the government mitigated the impact of drought by better responding to it, the impact is still huge. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that 631,508 individuals were displaced due to the impact of El Niño in the Afar, Amhara, Dire Dawa, Hareri, Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions between August 2015 and June 2016.







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